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" A rapper is about being completely true to yourself. Being an actor is about changing who you are. "
" As a child, I watched 'Dallas' and that was my vision for my life for as long as I could remember. "
" My first record came out while I was a senior in high school, which is dangerous. "
" I mean, I'm very serious with my kids about them comprehending the intricacies of global finance. "
" I had a hit single on the radio for 30 days before I graduated from high school. "
" Life is lived on the edge. "
" I try to speak my points of view about black America, and how I feel about black men and the role that black men should play in their lives with their children and in their lives with their women. "
" It's quite highly possible that I have peaked. I mean, I just can't imagine what else I could do beyond this. It's really a bittersweet kind of feeling. "
" Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too. "
" I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented. I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent. "
" My school was 90 percent white, but 90 percent of the kids I played with were black. So I got the best of both worlds. I think that is where my comedy developed. "
" I think with movies I am really connecting to the Joseph Campbell idea of the collective unconscious. "
" Money and success don't change people; they merely amplify what is already there. "
" I don't necessarily believe in organized religion. "
" The first time that I performed as an actor was the first day on the set of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.' "
" I had to focus and create a character in Bagger Vance, not just do my 'Will Smith' thing and get paid. "
" I was raised in a Baptist household, went to a Catholic church, lived in a Jewish neighborhood, and had the biggest crush on the Muslim girls from one neighborhood over. "
" I want the world to be better because I was here. "
" I know how to learn anything I want to learn. I absolutely know that I could learn how to fly the space shuttle because someone else knows how to fly it, and they put it in a book. Give me the book, and I do not need somebody to stand up in front of the class. "
" I love producing. I am loving doing that. I think that is my most natural space in the business. I just love producing or editing and that's where I thrive. "
" The things that have been most valuable to me I did not learn in school. "
" There's so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I've got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father - and how come that's not as newsworthy? "
Doing The Right Thing
" I'm a student of patterns. At heart, I'm a physicist. I look at everything in my life as trying to find the single equation, the theory of everything. "
" So if you stay ready, you ain't gotta get ready, and that is how I run my life. "
" I don't know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived. "
" You can cry, ain't no shame in it. "
" If it was something that I really committed myself to, I don't think there's anything that could stop me becoming President of the United States. "
" Goofy was the word that was used most often by my sisters because I've been this tall ever since I was 12 years old. "
" In black neighborhoods, everybody appreciated comedy about real life. In the white community, fantasy was funnier. I started looking for the jokes that were equally hilarious across the board, for totally different reasons. "
" My skin is hard when it comes to my music. But with my movies, I'm still a virgin in a lot of ways. I'm not used to being shot down for no reason. "
" I've always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation. "